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Body Mass Index
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.
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Your Height: 
 
   
 (pounds)

BMI Categories:

  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
  • Overweight = 25–29.9
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

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WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC AT THE GW MEDICAL FACULTY ASSOCIATES
WEIGHT LOSS CLINIC
AT THE GW MEDICAL FACULTY ASSOCIATES

If you’re concerned about your weight, we can help.

We begin with a thorough assessment which is specific to you.  We evaluate your lifestyle and health. We review medications which might be contributing to your weight gain, and we do blood work to check your thyroid function and blood sugar level.

Then, we work with you to develop a plan to reduce your calorie intake and to increase your level of exercise, and we support you to help you stay with the plan.

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS


  • Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day.
  • Prepare as many meals at home as you can to control portion size and intake of processed foods.
  • Choose foods with whole grains instead of processed products with preservatives and additives.
  • Get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Move more!


OBESITY DEFINED

Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 percent.  This number is an estimate of your total body fat composition and when it is too high, it can indicate you are at risk for various chronic medical conditions. Ideal body weight is defined as a BMI of between 18- and 25-percent; overweight is defined as a BMI of more than 25-percent, but less than 30-percent.  If your BMI is greater than 30, then you are obese and you might benefit from weight loss services.

CAUSES OF OBESITY

Your genes, metabolism, behavior, culture, environment and socio-economic factors each play a role in your fitness and body mass. When you take in more calories than your body burns producing energy, you gain weight.

HEALTH EFFECTS OF OBESITY

Obesity is a medical problem which is at epidemic proportions. An estimated one in three Americans is considered to be obese.

Obesity is linked to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer of the uterus, breast and colon, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and breathing problems, osteoarthritis, and abnormal menstrual periods.  You can decrease your risk of developing these problems, if you lose 10 to 20 percent of your weight.


 





The Weight Loss Clinic at The GW Medical Faculty Associates Physicians:


Marijane Hynes, MD


Zayn Copeland, MD


Meera Sreenivasan, MD, MPH


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